United Tribes Oppose Industrial Development at Killdeer BattlefieldPosted: Sep 11, 2013 3:30 PM CDTUpdated: Sep 11, 2013 3:30 PM CDT
By Krista Harju - email
The United Tribes of North Dakota oppose further industrial development at the Killdeer Battlefield Historic Site. Their opposition focuses on the proposed construction of an electric power transmission line or other facilities that the tribes believe "could potentially disturb the remains of those killed at the site."
Killdeer Mountain is a sacred location made even more culturally significant by a brutal encounter in July 1864. U.S. Army troops attacked a peaceful hunting encampment, killing Dakota and Lakota men, women and children. Those who managed to escape were unable to give relatives appropriate burial ceremonies and many bodies remain buried on the site.
The resolution was passed unanimously on September 6 and signed by UTND Board Chairman Tex "Red Tipped Arrow" Hall, chairman of the Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara Nation, and UTND Board Secretary Robert Shepherd, chairman of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate.